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zf44 12th April 2017 10:08 PM

Pics of the new 2018 Facelift MINI

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A new batch of spy shots has revealed an upcoming refresh for the Mini Hatch. Based on the small amount of camouflage on this example, it looks like the facelift is going to be little more than a few minor tweaks.

Up front, it seems that Mini’s design team is focusing on reworking the car’s headlights. The camouflage here makes the lights seem to sweep backward a little more than on the current hatchback. The concealment stretching along the leading edge of the hood suggests the possibility of new trim there, but the skinny piece of camo indicates that any changes would be minor.

The tweaks are equally minor at the rear. The taillights retain a red circle in the middle, but the camouflage around them suggests small design changes. Camo along the hatch’s handle and the lower fascia trim strip also indicate tiny updates for these parts.

These photos don’t let us see into the refreshed Mini's interior, but expect small updates in there, too. Changes for the cabin materials and an upgrade to the latest infotainment tech seem like the more likely improvements.

Under the hood, there’s no sign of abandoning its current powertrains – ranging from a 1.2-litre petrol in the Mini One to a 1.5-litre turbo in the Cooper and a four-cylinder 2.0-litre in the Cooper S, as well as diesel alternatives. Minor powertrain tweaks are possible but don’t expect anything significant.

Fans of hotter Minis can look forward to this refreshed design being the basis for the third-generation John Cooper Works GP. In 2016, Mini’s boss confirmed that the range-topping performance version would eventually arrive. Like the first two models, it would likely come just before the current hatchback’s retirement.

The previous-gen JCW GP arrived for the 2013 model, and the company built just 2,000 of them for the whole world. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder made 211 horsepower and 192lb ft of torque – temporary overboost pushed the twist to 207 lb ft. It also ditched the rear seat, and a strut tower brace took the bench’s place. Highly bolstered chairs gripped the occupants in front.

KarlW11R50 13th April 2017 08:24 AM

Pics of the new 2018 Facelift MINI
OMG the bumper shape around the fog/side lights - they've somehow made the car even uglier 🤣🤣

Jordan 13th April 2017 11:27 AM


Originally Posted by KarlW11R50 (Post 166550)
OMG the bumper shape around the fog/side lights - they've somehow made the car even uglier 🤣🤣

looks exactly the same as it does now?

KarlW11R50 13th April 2017 12:53 PM

Pics of the new 2018 Facelift MINI

Originally Posted by Jordan (Post 166553)
looks exactly the same as it does now?

Good Lord, I just Googled and you're right. I'd never noticed that before. Haha.

jaigee 13th April 2017 04:24 PM

According to the link in the first post the only exterior changes are those covered by the camouflage tape.

No mention of the dent in the boot though? :biggrin:

Oakleyguy 14th April 2017 01:47 PM


Originally Posted by KarlW11R50 (Post 166550)
OMG the bumper shape around the fog/side lights - they've somehow made the car even uglier 🤣🤣

I never envisaged they would be able to make the current mini look any uglier.
But they did! :(

zf44 27th September 2017 04:37 AM

More news here with F55, F56 and F57 production likely to begin from March 2018,

The 2018 MINI Refresh to Feature More Power and Tech - MotoringFile

Revisions cover,

- Tweaks to engines.
- Dual clutch automatic transmission.
- New front and rear lights.
- Small revisions to front and rear panels.
- New colours.
- Touchscreen display.
- Introduction of Apple CarPlay.
- Wireless charging.

Cobstar 27th September 2017 05:45 PM

Glad to see the JCW retains a torque converting box rather than a DCT as I\'m seriously considering a JCW as my next car. Exclusive: MINI\'s Dual Clutch Transmission Production Plans Detailed - MotoringFile

The 8 speed ZF in my 125i was fab and the 8 speed ZF in our two diesel SUVs do a good job. Not familiar with the current automatic in the MINI but personal preference is a modern torque convertor. HAd a couple of VAG cars with DSG/s-tronic and not a fan. Let\'s hope the 8 speed sports automatic in the MINI will prove just as good a set up as the 125i.

benn25 27th September 2017 06:03 PM


Dermottdog 27th September 2017 07:02 PM

Not keen on all those Ariels....

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